In the early 1960s you would have been hard pressed to find an entertainer who was hotter, more popular, and more in demand than singer and actress and Margaret.
The young star, born in Sweden as Ann Margaret Olsen, captivated everyone’s attention. With her combination of Scandinavian beauty, a youthful s*******, at a sort of undercurrent of danger, it’s easy to see why Ann-Margret quickly became so popular.
Many said she appeared to be a female Elvis. And, by 1964, she was starring alongside the real Elvis Presley in the movie Viva Las vegas- and famously having an affair with the king.
But her star didn’t fade. Well into the 60s, ’70s, ’80s, and beyond, and Margaret has remained a popular favorite.
In 1994 she was prompted to write her autobiography. And that’s what I had a chance to meet her.
So here now, a candid and emotional interview with Ann-Margret, from 1994:
And Margaret will be 82 next month. Her most recent screen appearance was in 2017.
Her husband, Roger Smith, died in 2017 after 50 years of marriage.
Perhaps no one personified the folk music trend of the 1960s like Peter, Paul and Mary.
With a repertoire that included not only their own songs but covers of songs by Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary became superstars.
One of their most enduring hits was the wildly popular, to this day, Puff the Magic Dragon.
But it wasn’t until 2007 that the story of Puff the Magic Dragon was turned into an illustrated children’s book. That was the effort of Peter Yarrow, the co-writer of the song. And the book turned into a huge, huge commercial success.
That year is when I first met Peter yarrow, and we talked about his book about puff. A couple of years later we had another interview when he came out with another similar book based on their song. Day is Done.
And that interview, the one you’re about to hear, happened just a few weeks after the untimely deaf of Mary Travers.
So here now, from 2009, Peter Yarrow.
Peter Yarrow turned 84 in M ay. He lives in New York.
Who knew that a little boy born to a lower middle-class family in England, who grew up with asthma and put up with teasing from his classmates, and like to smoke by the time he was aged 10, would grow up to become one of the world’s greatest rock singers?
That’s kind of the short version of the life of Eric Burdon, who in 1962 joined a quartet that soon became known as the animals. Burdon was their lead singer.
As a leading member of the British invasion, the animals produced a number of hits.
In 2002, Eric Burdon wrote an autobiography, a book called. Please Don’t let me be misunderstood. And that’s when I have a chance to talk with him by phone. So here now, from 2002, Eric burdon.
It was around this time in 1961 that a group of five young men formed a singing group called The Elgins. They were good, so good that Berry Gordy signed them to a contract at Motown. Trouble was, there was already a group called The Elgins, so Gordy asked them to find a new name.
That’s when they became The Temptations. Their leader and founder was baritone Otis Williams.
And over the next five decades, the temptations establish themselves as one of the most popular and most enduring soul music acts.
In 1988, Williams wrote a book that was part memoir, part story of The Temptations. And that’s when I had the chance to meet him .
So here now, from 1988, Otis Williams.
Otis Williams is 80 now. He still performs occasionally with the Temptations.
In the mid 20th century, brothers George and ira Gershwin produced many of the songs that have lived in America’s heart for decades.
With George’s melodies and Ira’s lyrics, tunes like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” have endured for decades.
In 1977, a young cabaret singer named Michael Feinstein went to work as Ira Gershwin’s personal archivist.
For the next six years, until Gershwin’s death, feinstein worked closely with him, gathering insight, inspiration, and some great stories about Gershwin and his contemporaries like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Irving Caesar, among others.
In 1995 feinstein wrote a memoir, called Nice Work if You Can Gt It. And that’s when I met him.
So here now, from 1995, Michael feinstein.
Michael Feinstein is 65 now. He is artistic director for The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.